Cash-strapped student’s guide to Penang

Penang- George Town

Hello everyone!

I’m back to share with you how I planned my trip to Penang and of course the “MUST-HAVE” food in Penang! I’ve always heard of how Penang is a food heaven to people who live by the “live to eat” philosophy. So I was super excited to plan a 4 days and 3 nights trip to Penang to check this out!

Transport

There are many different ways to get to Penang, you can take a bus, train, car or by the airplane, of course I chose the airplane. Ain’t nobody got time to sit so long just to get to my destination. For such short distance trip, I would usually use Skyscanner and google flights to compare the price of different flights because sometimes skyscanner may not have all the flights compared. In Singapore, after flying with the different budget airlines like Tigerair, Scoot, Jetstar, I would say that they are quite identical, maybe just a slight difference in the kind of service you receive. But as for leg room and seats, they  are just the same. So SQ (although they are super awesome), they are out of the question for a cash-strapped student.

So I booked AirAsia and it costs me like $47 for round tickets! (btw I flew in June) It took me only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach there.

Accommodations

I stayed at David relative’s place which is in Georgetown, the center of all the hype. But nonetheless, even if I were to go alone, I checked that the hostel in Georgetown is only $22 SGD for 3 nights from bookings.com (WITH FREE BREAKFAST).

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Food

1. Penang Asam Laksa (3.5-4RM)

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Kim’s Laksa @ Balik Pulau

2. Char Kway Teow (RM4-5.50)

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Jalan Siam’s Char Kway Teow

3. Satay

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4. Kway Chap

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5. Nasi Kandar (Unofficial food mascot of Penang)

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Restoran Deen

The gravy is the besttttttt.

Places to go

1. Chew Jetty

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2. Street Art

This is a link that can show you where all the murals are: www.tourismpenang.net.my/pdf/streetart-brochure.pdf

But if you were to rent a bicycle like me(~Rm 8-10), the shop would give you a physical map that would tell you where to head to for these murals! Tip: Go in the early morning to avoid the queue and THE SUNNNNN!!!

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3. Penang Peranakan Mansion

(RM 20 for adults, free for children below 6 years old)

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4. Snake Temple (free)

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But I paid RM 40 to take 2 shots and they would give you a photo frame for it.

I look okay on the outside but deep inside I was FREAKING OUT. So anyway, I took these pictures for me to remember this trip…

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It took me a longgggg while to get the shot above. The pictures below were taken before the above shot.

Photo 1: Bear with it girl… smile…

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Photo 2: The snake could sense my nervousness, so his head tilted and is trying to grip David tighter

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Photo 3: The snake’s tail went below my arm!!! I’m gone…

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The snake keepers kept ensuring me that the snake is kind, and he wouldn’t bite/ his bite wouldn’t kill because they had took out the venom in them. And the snake only feed on cooked meat!? Still, it was a pretty unique experience!

5. Penang Botanical Garden

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A variety of plants here.

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Look at the cute mini cacti of different colours!

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And I managed to see monkeys at such a near distance!

Hope you enjoyed this cash-strapped student’s guide to Penang and share with m your travelling experience to Penang!

With Love,

Veron.

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Children Little Museum Singapore

Kampong Glam

Took a ride down to Bugis MRT station after my exams today and I wanted to explore what Kampong Glam has to offer. The Malay word “Kampung” means village in English. This place used to be allocated by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 to the Malay community, Arabs and bugis traders.

The first architecture structure that caught my eye was this Sultan Mosque also known as the Masjid Sultan. It looks really magnificent.

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Distinctive golden dome-shaped top

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Stole a shot at its gate

While exploring down the street of Bussorah, I found this really quaint shop and museum, known as the Children Little Museum with many retro stuff like toys that kids in the 1970s used to play.

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Greeted by this robot outside the shop.

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Check out this retro Vespa bike

The shop keeper, Mr. Ann was really kind and allowed me to snap many pictures inside the museum.

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Fulfilled my dream as a singing diva for a day.

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They even have this retro sofa at the backyard!

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Peranakan ceramic wares. Reminds me of the Little Nyonya by Mediacorp.

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Do I look more like a Nyonya with this Kebaya?

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 They sell Sarees too, other than the Kebaya.

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I have also learnt a trick or two on the different ways you can tie a saree.

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 The dress on the mannequin beside me was sewn by Mr. Ann himself!

Enough of introduction about the level 1 of this museum. Let me show you its level 2. It costs only $2 and you get to see many antiques and reminisce how life could be like in the past!

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Walk up the stairs that brings you back to the past.

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“ALL MINE”HAHA because Ah Seng is my father’s name. What a coincidence!

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They even show you how does school looks like in the past. Looks 100% legit.

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This was how a makeshift street barber shop looks like in the past.

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HMM… what hairstyle should I cut?

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I love how unique these items are. It must be really hard to collect and find these items these days.

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Drink stall girl for a day?

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Exciting museum isn’t it?

This Children Little Museum is located at 42 Bussorah Street, a few shops beside the Sultan Mosque. Definitely a museum not to be missed! Just $2 for so much fun! Fun as a dating spot and an outing as a family to reminisce the good ol’ days!

Share with me how was your experience at the museum, would be glad to hear about your trip!

So, Snap away!

With Love,

Veron

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Keukenhof In Netherlands

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

~Walt Whitman

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First time entering into a large garden filled with TULIPS! As a lover of flowers, I literally went crazy over the variety of colour of tulips that Keukenhof has to offer.

Keukenhof is located between Amsterdam and The Hague and it is the best place to visit if you are planning a trip to Netherlands (Holland) in the month of April as the Tulips would be in full bloom in this period. I also heard that 7 million bulbs bloom every spring, with a whopping 800 varieties of tulips.

Not to fret if you can’t be there in the month of April because you can still catch the tulips from end March till early May!

Thankfully, I was able to make a visit to Keukenhof with my friend Vera on 14 May, two days before they close the park. We bought a ticket that included a 2-way bus ride from the Amsterdam airport and the ticket to go into the garden.

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Flowers are women best friends.

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What a nice combination of colours. My dream garden 🙂

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Flowers, flowers, everywhere. I can stare at them all day long !

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PINK!!! *gasp for air* My favourite colour of tulips!

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Feels awesome to busk in the sun after fighting the cold weather for the past few days.

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They have other flowers other than tulips as well.

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Imagine walking down the aisle through these flowers during your wedding. ❤️

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Not to mention, they sell really delicious freshly made waffles near the entrance too.

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Tasted some authentic and fresh Dutch strawberries as well. Yum!

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A gigantic version of the klomp-clogs from the Netherlands.

Interesting fact- Klomp (clogs) are said to be able to withstand almost any penetration including sharp objects and concentrated acids!

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How could I leave this place without showing you a windmill!

While I was in Amsterdam, the weather plunged from 17 degree Celsius to 6 degree Celsius! I was totally caught unprepared and I didn’t bring any gloves or thick scarfs as I thought that the weather would be pretty hot here in Europe. Nonetheless, it was an unforgettable experience for me, shivering in the cold and bearing the harsh wind in Amsterdam.

Share with me more on what other exciting adventures you have had in Amsterdam! I would love to visit these places when I come back in Amsterdam.

With love,

Veron

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